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FC Kansas City drafts four local players

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The FC Kansas City Blues entered the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League college draft on Friday Jan. 17. The team drafted six players, four with ties to the Kansas City area. The Blues had one pick in the fifth round, two in the second round, two in third and one additional pick.

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"Our goal in Kansas City is to fill our roster with quality players. Today we were able to add players who will make our environment even more competitive," said FC Kansas City Technical Director Huw Williams. "An added goal we feel we can accomplish is adding the right local players who will know and understand the passion of representing our club and city."

Selected in the fifth round Florida State defender Kassey Kallman was a member of the U.S. Women’s U20 National Team, which won the 2012 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup. Kallman was a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy, a finalist for the Honda Award and was the first Florida State player named ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

The Blues obtained Lee’s Summit native Morgan Marlborough in the second round with Midfielder Jenna Richmond. Marlborough attended Santa Clara (Nebraska) playing 22 games and making the All Team in the WCC. Named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year for 2009 and 2010 she also made the roster for the Big 12 All Team. She gained international experience with the United States U-20 team in 2010 and the U-23 squad.

Ranked third in the PAC-12 UCLA graduate Richmond tied the school record with three assists against Princeton in 2012. She was a starter in all the CONCACAF Championship Cup matches and a member of the U-20 squad that won the World Cup. In 2007, she started her international career with the U. S. U-15 team.

Overland Park, Kan. native Frances Silva and Lee’s Summit, Mo. native Mandy Laddish went to FC Kansas City in the third round. Attending West Virginia she led the Mountaineers offensively and a force that lead her team to winning the Big-12 tournament. In 2013, received the award as the Big-12 Scholar Athlete and Soccer America’s MVP. Named as the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year and she was a semi-finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy.

Midfielder Mandy Laddish grew up in Lee’s Summit, Mo. and attended Notre Dame University, helping the Fighting Irish win the 2010 National Championship. She played for the U-20 U. S. National Team that won the World Cup in Japan. She has made 15 international appearances with the United States.

The 35th overall pick came to the Blues with the local talent of Maegan Kelly, from Marquette University. She is the sister of FC Kansas City defender Katie Kelly and attended St. Teresa Academy. She led Marquette in her senior year, tying the school’s all-time assist record with 33, and was instrumental in their obtaining the Big East Tournament title.

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